BEYOND PILOT PROJECTS: THE FEASIBILITY OF IMMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FROM TRIED AND TESTED MARITIME AND OFFSHORE REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS TO STATIONARY SOLAR AND WIND POWERED DESALINATION SOLUTIONS
Recent years have seen a large number of newly developed pilot projects for solar desalination based upon a variety of technological approaches. This paper explores the possibility of moving into direct installation and practical application of small to medium sized off-grid hybrid (solar, wind) powered Reverse Osmosis desalination systems using commercially available energy optimized equipment from the maritime, yachting and off-shore sectors. The focus is on exploring the feasibility of implementing this technology for remote applications in rural settings of developing countries. Various systems including an actual application are presented, as well as energy options and operational problems described, keeping appropriate technology requirements in mind. Some economic considerations are included.
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